How Do You Bypass a Ring Contact Sensor?

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The arming process for your Ring alarm secures all the devices connected to the system when completed. When armed, you can be confident that your property is secure and monitored. However, there may be situations where you need to bypass one of the Ring Contact Sensors that you have on a door or window.

There are two ways to bypass a Ring Contact Sensor: A system sensor can be bypassed by confirming the bypass on the Ring Alarm keypad while arming or changing your bypass settings in the Ring app.

A Ring Alarm system is designed to detect and monitor all the devices and sensors connected to your system. Several circumstances might require you to bypass a sensor when arming your home. Keep reading to learn the steps necessary to bypass one or more of your Ring Contact Sensors.

How to Bypass a Ring Contact Sensor

Preparing to head out the door and finding out that one of your sensors has a low battery, or perhaps you want to leave a window open to let in fresh air while you head to the store, can leave you unsure of what to do when setting the alarm.

Ring Alarm has convenient settings to help you bypass a sensor so you can leave without worrying about setting off the alarm in the process:

  1. On the Ring Alarm keypad, enter your PIN and select the “Home” or “Away” arming mode you would like to use.
  2. Immediately after, the keypad will display a notification to bypass any sensors currently unsecured (such as if you have a window or door currently open). This will look like a blinking checkmark.
  3. Pressing this checkmark will create a bypass for the sensor in question. If you do not wish to allow the bypass, do not act; the sensor will not be bypassed, and the alarm will not set.

The Ring app will also generate a notification at the time of arming to let you know if any sensors have been tripped or are in any other situation, such as updating. If you wish to bypass the sensors during this process, you will need to confirm the sensors for bypassing in the app, and then your system will arm. If you do not bypass, the alarm setting will cancel.

Note: The Ring Alarm can bypass all sensors in both Home and Away mode. If you choose this option, you will receive a notification on the panel and in the app. If your Ring Alarm is on cellular backup, any faulty sensors will be automatically bypassed.

Using Entry and Exit Delay to Bypass a Ring Contact Sensor

Most homes have a door that is often designated as the main entry and exit area. In this case, it is beneficial to use the entry and exit delay to create specific bypass situations to help you avoid unintentional alarm events.

There are three types of sensor situations for your Ring alarm:

  • Main Door
  • Secondary Door
  • Window

Setting your most often used entry and exit door as the Main Door will allow you to create the setting for the Main Door, allowing for a customized, temporary bypass. This video explains this process in detail.

Setting an exit delay gives you a short period to leave home while the system is armed without setting off the alarm. During this process, you will hear reminder chirps, so you know that the system is in exit delay, and you can safely exit without triggering the alarm. However, once the delay is finished, your alarm will trigger, so paying attention to this process is important.

Arriving back at home to your armed home is not a problem when you use the main door to enter. When opening this door, you will have a short period to get to your alarm panel and enter your security code to disarm the system. Failure to do so will result in your alarm triggering.


Ring Alarm systems offer a reliable network of sensors to help protect your home and property with customizable contact sensors for doors and windows. These unique settings allow you to customize the way you interact with your home. You will have convenient bypass settings that always allow you versatility and safety.

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